President Obama Calls Kobe Bryant a ‘Legend’ and ‘Even More Heartbreaking’ Loss of His Daughter, Gianna Maria Onore
All the celebrity reactions to Kobe Bryant and his daughter’s death are pouring in.
President Barack Obama sent out a poignant tweet that remembered Bryant as a legend. More “heartbreaking”, as President Obama says, is the loss of Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna Maria Onore.
Kobe was a legend on the court and just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act. To lose Gianna is even more heartbreaking to us as parents. Michelle and I send love and prayers to Vanessa and the entire Bryant family on an unthinkable day.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 26, 2020
President Obama wrote:
Kobe was a legend on the court and just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act. To lose Gianna is even more heartbreaking to us as parents. Michelle and I send love and prayers to Vanessa and the entire Bryant family on an unthinkable day.
RIP Kobe and Gianna.
The most important men from America and Canada meet
President Obama and Drake had a little pregame chat pic.twitter.com/ZnetN79kcx
— Def Pen Sports (@DefPenSports) June 3, 2019
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The news has been pretty grim during the last week with the Toddler-in-Chief throwing a temper tantrum that involves holding the entire federal government hostage. But there is one bright spot (and a bit of nostalgia) this week. Michelle and Barack Obama have topped Gallup poll’s “Most Admired List for 2018“.
In the annual survey (Gallup polled people from December 3-12), people were asked to name a living man and woman whom they most admired most. Barack Obama is number one on the Most Admired Man List, and this marks his eleventh year in a row of holding that title. But this is Michelle Obama’s first time earning the number one spot on the Most Admired Woman List (she’s usually been a runner-up to Hilary Clinton).
It just does the heart good knowing that two genuinely classy, kind and caring individuals made the list. I mean, look at Barack Obama this Christmas! He went out to give presents to sick children at the Children’s National Hospital (and didn’t try to destroy their innocence or crush their belief in Santa Claus, unlike some presidents I could think of). Knowing how much Barack loves kids, his photograph in a Santa Claus hat is unbelievably sweet.
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Our favorite POTUS played Santa at Children’s National Hospital in Washington DC. Merry Christmas #MichelleAndBarack #Forever44 #BarackObama #MichelleObama #MaliaObama #SashaObama #Bo #Sunny #POTUS #FLOTUS #WhiteHouse #ObamaFoundation #ThankYouObama #TwoTerms #Hope #ComeBackBarack #MyPresidentWasBlack #NeverForget #Hawaii #Chicago #WashingtonDC
If your heart doesn’t twinge even a little bit at this picture of this beautiful soul, you are DEAD inside.
Yes, it does make me happy to see two deserving people top the list. The petty side of me is also glad that this will make Donald Trump fume about being beaten by Barack Obama again. Trump made it to number 2 on the Most Admired List (WHY?), but, I guess he just couldn’t manage to close the deal.
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The Obamas are indeed just like any other family. And Michelle and Barack as parents are really no different than our parents were when we were teenagers. As in, they have absolutely no problem with publically humiliating their offspring.
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As I reflect on election night ten years ago today, I can’t help but think about where my political career started. I wasn’t running for office. I was running a voter-registration drive in Chicago. What I learned then — and what would become the premise of my 2008 campaign — was that you couldn't just fight for existing votes. You had to reach out to all of these people who had lost faith and lost trust, and get them off the sidelines. So during our first campaign, when I started seeing all these stories about record turnout in communities all over the country — from young people in line for hours in Iowa to elderly folks in lawn chairs down in Florida — I knew that we had shown what is possible when everybody decides to participate. And that, in and of itself, gave people a sense of their own power — their own agency in the kind of country we want to leave for our kids. When more people get off the sidelines and decide to participate, our country becomes a little more representative of its people — of everyone's collective decision. And American politics can change as a result. So on Election Day this Tuesday, I’m not just asking you to vote. I'm asking you to really show up once again. Talk with your friends, convince some new voters, and get them out to vote because then something powerful happens. Change happens. Hope happens. And with each new step we take in the direction of fairness, and justice, and equality, and opportunity, hope spreads.
In Michelle Obama’s new book, she recalls the prom night of her oldest daughter, Malia. Malia told her parents that she had been invited to the prom by “a boy she kind of liked.” She implored her parents to be allowed to attend with him and for her date drive the two of them in his car. Since it was a special occasion, Malia received special permission to drive with her date to the prom. With Secret Service vehicles and detail accompanying them, of course, much to the satisfaction of Malia’s parents.
As she prepared for her big night out, Malia allegedly urged her parents to “be cool” when her date arrived to pick her up at the White House. Michelle Obama recalled that when the three of them went to greet Malia’s date, Malia was elegantly attired while her parents emerged barefoot (Michelle) and sported flip-flops (Barack). Apparently, Malia was already simmering with embarrassment, most likely to the blissful indifference of her parents. However, I’m sure her mortification did not last too long as the Obamas saw their daughter off to the prom. Presumably, Michelle and Barack then retired for the evening, no doubt relieved to know that their lovely teenage daughter would be surrounded by armed guards while on a date with a teenage boy.
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Obama, 57, campaigned in Anaheim, California, on Saturday for seven Democratic congressional candidates.
During the rally, he shared a funny story about his past with the nearby theme park: the future commander in chief was kicked out of Disneyland for smoking on a ride in college.
“I went to Disneyland twice when I was younger. The first time was when I was 11 years old. Now there is no better time to go to Disneyland than when you’re 11 years old. I lived in Hawaii, so this was my first big trip to the mainland,” Obama said.
Noting that he traveled with his grandmother, mother and sister, Obama said, “It was an amazing trip … but Disneyland was the highlight. I went and did all the Bare Necessity thing and the Small World, the Matterhorn. It was the bomb.”
Obama was a student at Occidental College when he returned to the area to attend a Kool & the Gang concert. “After the concert … you could still hang out in the park, so we went into the gondolas. I’m ashamed to say this, so close your ears, young people. But a few of us were smoking on the gondolas.”
As the crowd started to cheer, Obama added playfully, “These were cigarettes, people. Terrible thing. They do. They kill you. I stopped.”
Two Disneyland police officers approached Obama and his pals and escorted them out of Disneyland. “I was booted from the Magic Kingdom,” Obama quipped. “At the end, they said, ‘You’re going to have to leave, sir, for breaking the rules of the Magic Kingdom, but you are welcome to come back any time.'”
Obama’s smoking days are behind him — all thanks to his wife Michelle Obama.
In 2017, former Republican House Speaker John Boehner said he had never seen Obama smoke during his White House years. He told Politico Magazine, “Oh no. No no no. He’s scared to death of his wife. Scared. To. Death.”
In 2013, a CNN microphone caught Obama telling a United Nations official that he had not smoked a cigarette in about six years. “That’s because I’m scared of my wife,” he said.
Obama is back on the campaign trail before the midterm elections. On Friday, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Obama called President Donald Trump “a symptom, not the cause” of the current political climate.
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“He is just capitalizing on resentment that politicians have fanning for years,” Obama said. A fear, an anger that is rooted in our past but is also borne in our enormous upheavals that have taken place in your brief lifetimes.”
He took another dig at the current administration, saying, “How hard can that be, saying that Nazis are bad?”
“It shouldn’t be Democratic or Republican to say that we don’t target groups of people because of what they look like or how they pray,” Obama continued. “We are supposed to stand up to discrimination, and we are sure as heck to stand up clearly and unequivocally to Nazi sympathizers.”
Sen. John McCain‘s Washington, D.C. funeral was a bipartisan affair, bringing together politicians on both sides of the aisle — including McCain’s previous presidential opponents, former President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush who both gave a touching eulogies.
But among the emotional words shared and the tears shed was one sweet moment between Bush and former First Lady Michelle Obama.
During former Sen. Joe Lieberman’s eulogy to his longtime friend, cameras caught the 43rd president grabbing a piece of candy (or a mint) from his wife, former First Lady Laura Bush, and passing it to Ms. Obama.
She was grateful for the treat, mouthing the words “thank you” to the Bushes with a smile.
I’d like to think that moments like this between W. Bush and Michelle Obama are what McCain was hoping for. pic.twitter.com/vYE3A46Ity
— Brenna Williams (@brennawilliams) September 1, 2018
George W. Bush sneaking a piece of candy to Michelle Obama is warming my heart . pic.twitter.com/pAtDdIcSeB
— Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) September 1, 2018
The kind gesture became on of the viral moments of the funeral, which took place at the Washington National Cathedral.
It was spread on social media, one user explaining, “I’d like to think that moments like this between W. Bush and Michelle Obama are what McCain was hoping for.”
“George W. Bush sneaking a piece of candy to Michelle Obama is warming my heart,” said another.
McCain asked both Bush and Obama to give eulogies at his funeral, something they both joked about considering they they has bested him in elections (Bush in the 2000 Republican primary and Obama in the 2008 presidential election).
“Back in the day he could frustrate me, and I know he’d say the same thing about me. But he also made me better,” Bush remarked, adding that “in recent years” their “rivalry melted away.”
“We sometimes talked of that intense period like football players remembering a big game. In the process, rivalry melted away. In the end I got to enjoy one of life’s great gifts: the friendship of John McCain. And I’ll miss him,” the former president added.
Following Bush’s remarks, Obama opened up about how the pair’s differing opinions, which “were often deep,” didn’t get in the way of their respect for each other.
“We talked about policy, and we talked about family, and we talked about the state of our politics. And our disagreements didn’t go away during these private conversations. Those were real, they were often deep. But we enjoyed the time we shared away from the bright lights,” he said.
“We laughed with each other and we learned from each other,” Obama continued, adding that the pair “never doubted” that “when all was said and done we were on the same team.”
The event marked the end of a five-day, cross-country procession from Arizona that culminated in memorial services at the U.S. Capitol on Friday morning.
The late senator and war hero will be buried in the cemetery at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, after a private memorial service.
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McCain, the former POW and outspoken Republican politician nicknamed The Maverick for being unafraid to disagree with fellow members of his party, died at 4:28 p.m. on Saturday, his family announced in a statement.
On Friday, his family said that McCain, “with his usual strength of will,” decided to stop treatment for the stage-four brain cancer he had been battling since its diagnosis last summer.
“In the year since,” the McCain family said, “John has surpassed expectations for his survival. But the progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict.”
In July 2017, McCain revealed that he had been diagnosed with glioblastoma, the most aggressive form of brain cancer, just days after he underwent surgery to remove a blood clot above his eye.
McCain later revealed during a September 2017 interview with 60 Minutes that he asked doctors to be forthright about his health.
“Some say 3 percent, some say 14 percent. You know it’s — it’s a very poor prognosis,” he said. “So I just said, ‘I understand. Now we’re going to do what we can, get the best doctors we can find and do the best we can, and at the same time celebrate with gratitude a life well lived.”
Hey guys, remember FakeApp, the deep learning program dudes on Reddit used to make fake porn and put Nicholas Cage into actual good movies for a change? Well, despite Reddit and a bunch of porn sites freaking out and banning videos made with the app, FakeApp is still around and people kind of love it.
Of course, some people are still pissing their panties about it, which I still find hilarious. Jordan Peele and Buzzfeed used FakeApp and Adobe After Effects to create this video of President Obama saying random bullshit like “Killmonger was right” (he was).
I find the reaction to this phenomenon hilarious, mainly because this technology is really nothing new. For starters, Fred Astaire never actually danced with a Dirt Devil vacuum.
And Peter Cushing was long dead when he appeared in Rogue One.
Of course, there were people who thought the use of Cushing’s likeness was disrespectful, but no one was pooping their pampers about not being able to distinguish what reality even is when it was just Disney and Industrial Light and Magic with the technology to make anyone look like they were doing or saying anything. Suddenly when technology is in the hands of us ordinary plebs and not the ruling class oligarchs it’s “frightening” and “alarming”.
On the other hand, we’re pretty certain, as a nation, that 10 dipshits in Russia posting Facebook memes about how Jesus would still be alive today if not for the strict gun control laws imposed on ancient Palestine by the Romans got an incompetent Alzheimer’s patient elected president, so maybe we do need a refresher on what the nature of our reality is. Luckily, the greatest philosopher of our time, Kanye West, is here for us once again.
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Barack Obama went on Twitter and was like, “@America how many likes to prove ya’ll miss me?” And America responded with “@BarackObama 3 million” and Obama concluded with “done.”
"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…" pic.twitter.com/InZ58zkoAm
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 13, 2017
That’s the tweet that has earned Obama over 3.5 million likes, making it the most liked tweet in Twitter history, dethroning Ariana Grande’s first tweet following the attacks at her Manchester concert.
It’s a quote from Nelson Mandela’s book, but really it’s a subtweet directed at Donald Trump. While Trump is all, “Nazis are bad, but the people who attacked them are violent,” Obama shows what a President should be doing in this situation. Posting a quote from a legendary leader and then getting the hell off Twitter because our country is a mess.
Obama made that tweet on August 12 following the Charlottesville protests. He has not tweeted since. Let’s check in on Trump.
40 tweets. Five of them were retweets from people/outlets praising him. Here’s my personal favorite.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 13, 2017
Either Trump spends a lot of time vanity searching himself and looking for praise so he can retweet or he pays someone to do that for him. Both situations sound like a bad use of government resources.
Trump’s most liked tweet since Aug. 12 is his first words on the Charlottesville situation.
We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2017
It has less than 200,000 likes. In fairness to Trump, he only has 36 million followers compared to Obama’s 93 million. But even if you went by follower to like ratio, Trump comes out on the losing end. Poor guy. Thank God he has more credibility than Obama with North Korea because he has almost no credibility in America.
It probably doesn’t help that it only took him three days to completely change his tune. I guess we should applaud that he was able to keep his word for three days? Especially given this:
For every CEO that drops out of the Manufacturing Council, I have many to take their place. Grandstanders should not have gone on. JOBS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 15, 2017
One day later.
Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both. Thank you all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 16, 2017
That’s our President.
Jay-Z was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on Thursday. He was inducted alongside Biggie, who Jay-Z takes half of his lyrics from. Neither Jay-Z or Biggie attended.
In their place was President Obama, who had cracked jokes and potentially revealed the sex on Jay-Z’s twins with Beyonce.
“Jay and I are also fools for our daughters, although he’s going to have me beat once those two twins show up. And, let’s face it, we both have wives who are significantly more popular than we are.”
Jay currently has one daughter, Blue Ivy, with wife Beyonce. The couple is expecting twins any day now. The potential birth is why Jay-Z had to skip the event.
Jay called his induction “a win for US.” “US” meaning the rap community and those who said that it’s not real music.
Obama spoke about listening to Jay-Z in the oval office, but didn’t spit any lyrics during his video induction. Then what was the point of having him? Hopefully Jay and Bey are still friends with the Obama’s after Barack outted the sex of their twins. Unless, Beyonce has boys. Then Trump is right and Obama has lied about everything.
Even though Donald Trump is fond of saying the first 100 days of his Presidency were the most productive in American history, we all know that's, uh, NOT true...
But the good news is we've finally uncovered something where The Donald is actually setting record marks! And it's a YUGE success!!
George Mason University's Center for Media and Public Affairs just released a new study revealing that The Donald has had more late-night TV show monologue jokes made at his expensive in the first 100 days of his term than any other President has in their ENTIRE first year!
Probably not surprising... but at least it's record-setting!! Ha!!
According to the study, 1,060 punch lines were lobbed at The Donald during the first 100 days by late night show hosts.
As for specifics, Stephen Colbert has dropped the most Trump jokes, with 337 total. Trevor Noah is close behind with 315 more, and Jimmy Fallon (231) and Jimmy Kimmel (177) have put up respectable totals, too.
For what it's worth, too, the Trump family was also the butt of 97 more jokes -- which was more than all Democrat families COMBINED!
Congrats, Donald -- we finally found something that you're good at!!
The Center for Media and Public Affairs will keep a running tally through Trump's full term, and we can't wait to see where the final number lands!
Thoughts?! Share 'em in the comments (below)!!!
Before Barack Obama was our president and married to Michelle, he was doing coke and fucking an Australian woman named Genevieve Cook. She wrote about it in her diary, which is a part of the new biography, Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama.
From The New York Post:
“B. That’s for you. F’s for all the f—ing that we do.”
“All this f—ing was so much more than lust,” the book quotes a passage from her diary, according to the Daily Mail. “Making love with Barack, so warm and flowing and soft but deep — relaxed and loving — opening up more.”
“Sexually he really wasn’t very imaginative but he was comfortable. He was no kind of shrinking ‘can’t handle it. This is invasive’ or ‘I’m timid’ in any way; he was quite earthy.”
Obama had it going on back in the day. With this chick, and current Oberlin College Associate professor Sheila Miyoshi Jager, and then Michelle (whom he ended up marrying). The last two he was seeing at the same time for a minute.
For awhile now, Barack Obama held his tongue on Donald Trump. Obviously, he didn’t want to step down and then immediately start going in on the new president. Yesterday though, he couldn’t stop himself from poking at him.
During an A&E History Channel event , historian Doris Kearns Goodwin interviewed Obama. One of her questions was how Obama dealt with frustrations during his presidency.
His response? “For starters, by not having a Twitter account.”
Perfect. It’s so easy to get under Trump’s skin. Expect a Trump tweetstorm tomorrow in response.
I bet you anything he brings up Obama’s fee for speaking at the event. The network paid the former president $400,000 for his speech.
Once you finish gasping, consider that he had to speak for a whole 90 minutes. That’s 90 minutes of straight talking. And he actually had to do it well, unlike President Trump who still sounds the words out in his head.
Look. Let The Washington Post handle Trump’s ties to Russia or whatever. I’m here to bring you the real important news. Shit so real not even Donald Trump could insist it’s fake.
So, it’s pretty clear that Ivanka Trump wants to ride Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau like the Dodge Challenger from Deathproof.
Find someone that looks at you the way Ivanka Trump looks at Justin Trudeau pic.twitter.com/hLcoQCdq34
— Cause We're Canadian (@MadelnCanada) February 14, 2017
And it looks like she’s not the only poutine-hound losing their shit over Justin Trudeau right now. Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, who probably has not smiled since 1865, recently was caught having a candlelit dinner with Trudeau and looking almost like she might not be totally miserable.
As far as Angela Merkel is concerned, this is basically a complete declaration of love.
Damn, how deep into politics do I have to get before I get to have a romantic dinner with Justin Trudeau?
Unfortunately for Ivanka and Angela, it looks like Justin Trudeau only has eyes for one man. Somebody wants to put the ‘O’ in ‘Obama. U feel me?
Everyone's talking about how all these girls look at Trudeau but look at how Trudeau looks at Obama pic.twitter.com/yIK5CItTS4
— Common White Girl (@girlposts) February 17, 2017
We all know what Justin Trudeau wishes he could feel.
Oh Key & Peele, how we’ve missed you.
The Daily Show brought back Jordan Peele’s impression of Obama and Keegan Michael Key’s Luther, Obama’s anger translator. This time Luther has a lot to say.
The sketch is a perfect send off for Obama by expressing the anger and disbelief we know the President has been feeling.
Just after Peele begins speaking as Obama, Luther interrupts “TRUMP?! Really? How did this happen? Don’t you understand? This is how The Hunger Games starts!”
I could quote a bunch more of this, but it’s much better to just watch the video. Then we all can wish that Luther was real and could express all of our anger all of the time.
Kanye West Melts Down On Stage (Again), Calls Out Beyoncé, Jay Z, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, And More: ‘I’m On My Trump Sh*t Tonight’
Oh, Kanye West.
After the polarizing, controversial comments earlier this week about Donald Trump, the artist decided that one heated Saint Pablo show wasn't enough, apparently!
Last night in Sacramento, Yeezy doubled down on controversy, ranting and raving early in his set (before ending it completely after about 30 minutes), and upstaging his reunion with Kid Cudi to call out Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Jay Z, and, yes, Beyoncé!!!
On Queen Bey -- after screaming "MTV, f*ck you," 'Ye said:
"Beyoncé—I was hurt because I heard that you said you wouldn't perform unless you won Video of the Year over me and over ‘Hotline Bling' [at the VMAs]. In my opinion...now don't go dissing Beyoncé, she's great. Taylor Swift is great. We are all great people. We are all equal. But sometimes we be playing the politics too much and forget who we are just to win. Fuck winning, fuck looking cool. Fuck looking cool. Fuck being cool. Fuck all that, bruh. I've been sent here to give y'all my truth even at the risk of my own life, my own success, my own career. Jay Z—call me, bruh. You still ain't called me. Jay Z, I know you got killers. Please don't send them at my head. Please call me. Talk to me like a man."
Fortunately -- or unfortunately -- Kanye was far from done, though.
He also took a shot at Hillary Clinton and compared her to models (?!), saying:
"This Saint Pablo tour is the most relevant [thing] happening. If your old ass keeps following old models, you'll be Hillary Clinton."
Obama wasn't far from his sights, either, with Yeezus saying about our current President:
"Obama couldn't make America great because he couldn't be him to be who he was. Black men have been slaves. Obama wasn't allowed to do this [screams] and still win. He had to be perfect. But being perfect don't always change shit, bro. Being perfect don't always change shit, bro."
Deep thoughts with Kanye, anyone?!
How about some more -- like calling out mainstream radio for not playing Frank Ocean or Kid Cudi:
"Radio, fuck you! Oh yeah, I'm on my Trump shit tonight. Radio—fuck you!"
And he even went after DJ Khaled at one time, too, because... why not??
"Is it just me or did you hear that song so many times—you say you wanna play "For Free." Aye, aye. You know what it is, though? Because aye, I love Drake. I love Khaled. But they set that song up, bro. … Khaled, I know you got hitters from Miami. Please do not send them at my head. I just want to have a conversation about how we playing radio's game. Khaled, you a real nigga. Khaled, you a real nigga. You got the keys."
Whew. We're exhausted.
Journalists covering Kanye were exhausted, too (below):
And even with that emotional reunion with Kid Cudi (below), it seems to have been completely overshadowed by all this wackiness:
Here are a few more videos of some of his extended rants (below):
And then, after performing two songs, and ranting for 15 minutes, 'Ye decided he was done.
He ended the show with this (below):
"Right now, press, get ready to write your passive aggressive, LeBron James racist comments, Season 4, racist comments—get ready to have a field day press! Get ready! Get ready, the show is over!"
And then he literally dropped the mic and walked off.
Here it is on video (below):
Predictably, fans were FURIOUS!!!
Ch-ch-check out some of the most infuriated tweets (below):
Kanye just ended his show with a mic drop. I think he was on for what, 30 minutes??! Only 2 songs. And then ranted.
— Frances Wang (@ABC10Frances) November 20, 2016
Crowd booing and yelling "F*** Kanye." Lights just turned on.
— Frances Wang (@ABC10Frances) November 20, 2016
Crowd chanting "F*** you, Kanye" after he showed up an hour & a half late, sang 3 songs, ranted, ended show. #SaintPabloTour pic.twitter.com/cQ7V6pox8R
— Frances Wang (@ABC10Frances) November 20, 2016
Wow to all of this.
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Donald Trump Gives First Interview As President-Elect On 60 Minutes — Here Is Everything You Need To Know About His Plans For The Office
Aside from his past scandals, controversial comments, and half-baked government policies that seem like they were planned by Wile E. Coyote, the biggest thing on our minds is… can The Donald actually come across as presidential?
On Sunday, we got a taste of a Trump White House when the President-elect had his first extensive post-election interview on 60 Minutes.
Of course, we've already heard a bit from the President-elect's interview on CBS -- including an apparent inclination to walk back some of his campaign promises already by not fully repealing and replacing Obamacare!
Disturbingly, The Donald has also shown a willingness to immediately deport as many as three million undocumented immigrants when he takes office in January.
Awful -- and scary -- and it's a stance we can already see people backing with glee across America.
There's more, though; speaking to Lesley Stahl, the 70-year-old sat down with his family, including Melania, Ivanka, Tiffany, Eric, and Donald Jr. at their Fifth Avenue residence in New York City.
Trump dove deep on Obamacare in the interview, saying that he liked some aspects of the health care law and adding:
"Yes [to keeping some provisions of the Affordable Care Act], because it happens to be one of the strongest assets [covering people with pre existing conditions]. Also, with the children living with their parents for an extended period, we're going to very much try and keep that. It adds cost, but it's very much something we're going to try and keep."
Also, The Donald claims that even though he wants to replace Obamacare at least in part, he doesn't want to leave people without health care in the interim:
"We're going to do it simultaneously. It'll be just fine. That's what I do. I do a good job. You know, I mean, I know how to do this stuff. We're going to repeal it and replace it. And we're not going to have, like, a two-day period and we're not going to have a two-year period where there's nothing. It will be repealed and replaced. I mean, you'll know. And it'll be great health care for much less money."
We'll see about that...
Trump also discussed Twitter at length during the interview -- because, well, why not?! It's his favorite social network, after all.
He praised the social network as a key to getting him elected, in fact:
"I find it tremendous. It's a modern form of communication. There should be nothing we should be ashamed of … It's where it's at … I do believe this, I really believe that the fact that I have such power in terms of numbers with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, et cetera -- I think it helped me win all of these races where they're spending much more money than I spent … Social media has more power than the money they spent, and I think maybe to a certain extent, I proved that."
But as President, he hinted that he may use the 140-character account very, very differently:
"I'm going to be very restrained, if I use it at all, I'm going to be very restrained ... It's a great form of communication. Now do I say I'll give it up entirely? I'm not saying I love it, but it does get the word out. When you give me a bad story or when you give me an inaccurate story or when somebody other than you and another -- a network, or whatever, ‘cause of course, CBS would never do a thing like that right? I have a method of fighting back."
That's interesting to see if he actually uses Twitter a little more responsibly, but perhaps also a little... disturbing... for him to call out media organizations like that, too.
One person Trump did enjoy after the election was the current President, Barack Obama.
Speaking about the hour-and-a-half long meeting The Donald had with him at the White House to discuss the transition, the President-elect said:
"This was going to be just a quick little chat and it lasted close to an hour and a half, and it could have gone for four hours. It was almost hard breaking it up because we had so many things to say. He told me the good things and the bad things. There are things that are tough right now. ... I don't want to divulge, but we talked about the Middle East and that's tough, it's a tough situation, and I wanted to get his full view. And I got part of his view, and it's important to have that, because I'm going to be inheriting that situation in a very short period of time."
And Trump continued, praising the President himself:
"I found him to be terrific. I found him to be very smart, and very nice, great sense of humor, as much as you can have a sense of humor talking about tough subjects. And we were talking about victories also, and some things that he feels really good about. But what I really wanted to focus on was Middle East, North Korea, Obamacare was tough, that's a tough situation."
Whoa, positive words for Obama?! Imagine that...
Trump went on to discuss Stahl's immediate surprise that he -- after months of a scorched-earth campaign -- could be so positive to the President:
"I think I'm a sober person. I think the press tries to make you into something a little bit different, in my case, a little bit of a wild man. I'm actually not. I'm a very sober person. But it was respect for the office, it was respect for the president. I had never met him before, but we had a very good chemistry going. I really found, it might not be that I agree with him, but I found the conversation really interesting ... It was a very interesting thing because ... I said terrible things about him, he said terrible things about me, but we never discussed what we said about each other. We never, ever discussed what we said about each other ... I'll be honest, from my standpoint, zero. Zero. And it's strange, I'm surprised to tell you that, but it was a little bit strange."
Trump is far from the only person finding all of this strange.
There's PLENTY more Donald Trump where all this came from, though, and the hour-long interview continued on various topics, including these important ones (below)!!!
On not regretting the nastiness of his campaign against Hillary Clinton:
"Well, it was a double-sided nasty. They were tough, and I was tough, and do I regret ... we're going to do a great job for the country. We're going to make America great again. That's what we began with and where we are now ... I can't regret it. I wish it were softer, and I wish it were nicer, and I wish it were more in policy, or whatever you want to say. But I will say that it really is something that I am very proud of, it was a tremendous campaign."
On whether he will act more "presidential" once in office:
"I'll conduct myself in a very good manner, but it depends on what the situation is. Sometimes you have to be rougher. When I look at the world, and you look at how various places are taking advantage of our country, and I say it and I say it very proudly, it's going to be America first ... We're losing this country, and that's why I won the election, and by the way I won it easily. Easily. Sometimes you need a certain rhetoric to get people motivated. I don't want to be a nice little monotone character."
On whether Roe V. Wade will be repealed by the Supreme Court during his administration, and how he sees the fight for abortion rights:
"Here's what's going to happen. I'm pro-life. The judges will be pro-life. They'll be pro-life, they'll be in terms of the whole gun situation, we know the whole Second Amendment and everybody is talking about the second amendment and they are trying to dice it up and change it, they are going to be very pro-Second Amendment. Having to do with abortion, if it ever were overturned, it would go back to the states ... It'll go back to the states. [On women then losing the right] Well, perhaps they will have to go to another state. We'll see what happens. It's got a long way to go, just so you understand. That has a long, long way to go."
On hateful attacks and racist aggressions being made against people of color and other minorities after his victory on Tuesday:
"I am very surprised to hear [about the attacks]. I hate to hear that. I don't hear it, I see one or two instances, but I think it's very small amount. I would [tell those people] don't do it, it's terrible, because I am going to bring this country together ... I am so saddened to hear that, and I say stop it, if it helps. I will say this, and I'll say it right to the camera: stop it."
And on whether he will take the presidential salary of roughly $400,000 per year:
"I've never commented on this, but the answer is no. I think by law I have to take a dollar, so I will take one dollar a year, but I will not take it. I'm not taking it ... [On whether this has hurt the Trump brand] This is big league stuff. This is our country. Our country is going bad ... I don't care about hotel occupancy."
Later in the interview, as we mentioned up top, all of his adult children joined in, as well as his wife, Melania, and they all said... pretty much what they've been saying this entire campaign.
The kids will stay in New York and run the business (that means NO cabinet position for Ivanka), Melania REALLY wants to help with cyber bullying awareness (a wonderful cause if her husband weren't quite literally the worst offender), and everybody is honored and proud of their dad.
Well there you have it -- four years of Donald Trump will begin in January, and this is the first deep look at what it all means for the country.
Let us know what you think of ALL this in the comments (below)!!!
Summer may be over for college students all over America, but Malia Obama wisely decided to take a year off between high school and her first semester at Harvard, which means the only thing she'll need to cram for is an introductory course on getting blazed.
And based on recent tabloid coverage of the First Daughter, we'd say Malia is thoroughly committed to her studies.
It all started when video that allegedly showed Malia smoking pot at the Lollaplooza music festival in Chicago surfaced online.
Shortly thereafter, sources claimed that Malia fled a house party moments before cops arrived and found that her fellow revelers had been smoking the demon jazz cabbage.
Hilariously, earlier this week, Malia trolled the haters and concern trolls who are far too interested in the social life of an 18-year-old girl by rocking a homemade "Smoking Kills" t-shirt at the Made in America Festival in Philadelphia.
Now, it seems that the eldest Obama daughter further demonstrated she has zero f--ks to give by partying in the presence of a ginormous bong while rocking the selfsame shirt.
Radar Online has obtained a photo of Malia standing next to a bong (complete with requisite Bob Marley sticker to ensure it won't be mistaken for a giant test tube), reportedly while attending a Made in America afer-party.
Not only did the site publish the pic, they had a Photoshop expert examine it to make sure it hadn't been re-touched:
“I have examined the image in detail,” analyst Alan Barry told the site.
“While what has been provided me is a very low resolution image, it is nevertheless clear to me that the image of Malia has not in any way been manipulated using photoshop or any similar software.”
“Specifically, her image was not added or overplayed in anyway to another image to create the final photo,” he said.
“That is, for better or worse, Malia Obama in the photo.”
Cue the Law & Order gong, this case has been blown wide open!
We now know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Malia Obama occasionally hangs out with people who smoke weed.
The only question now is: why should we care?
If you have any insight as to why certain media outlets are attempting to turn this into a thing, please let us know in the comments.
As you've no doubt heard by now, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick chose not to stand for the national anthem before a preseason against the Green Bay Packers last week.
The decision sparked a heated public debate, with some arguing that Kaepernick had disrespected his country and its military veterans.
Others maintained that the former NFL standout (who lost his starting position to Blaine Gabbert last season) was exercising a constitutional right and calling attention to the critical matter of police brutality directed at people of color.
"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," Kaepernick told the press after the game.
"To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way."
The 28-year-old added:
"There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.
"When there's significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it's supposed to represent and this country is representing people the way that it's supposed to, I'll stand."
On Thursday, Kaepernick doubled-down on his protest by kneeling during the National Anthem prior to his team's matchup against the San Diego Chargers, thus sending the clear message that he has no intention of backing down from stance.
Needless to say, it's a complex issue, and numerous public figures have expressed their views on Kaepernick's actions.
Of course, from the start of the controversy most sought-after opinion has been that of President Barack Obama, who has remained silent on the issue of Kaepernick's protest until today.
Obama is currently in China for a Group of 20 summit, and during a press conference this morning, he was asked about his views on Kaepernick.
The President had this to say:
"I think he cares about some real legitimate issues that have to be talked about," Obama said, in what a statement of somewhat less-than-full-throated support for Kaepernick's refusal to stand.
"He's exercising his constitutional right to make a statement. I think there's a long history of sports figures doing so."
Obama then expressed his empathy for veterans who feel that Kaepernick's actions were indicative of a lack of respect for the sacrifices made by those who have fought in the US armed forces:
"As a general matter, when it comes to the flag, and the National Anthem, and the meaning that that holds for our men and women in uniform and those who fought for us, that is a tough thing for them to get past, to then hear what his deeper concerns are."
Despite the fact that Obama didn't take a hard-line stance on either side of the debate, his comments have resulted in harsh rebukes from his most strident critics.
Of course, that should surprise absolutely no one who's familiar with the climate of American politics in 2016.
As you may have heard, Malia Obama was caught smoking pot at the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago last month.
The incident has made news, because apparently teenagers getting high at a concert is the kind of thing we should all worry about in the midst of the most bonkers election year in history.
As you can see, video evidence of the toke heard 'round the world has emerged, and it's already racking up crazy views on YouTube.
The totes un-chill narc who blew Malia in is an 18-year-old fellow festival-goer with the George R.R. Martin-esque name of Jerrdin Selwyn.
Selwyn gave her full account of the incident to Radar Online, like she witnessed the freakin' Kennedy assassination or something:
"I saw some young guy hand her a cigarette; she took at least one hit on it. She had it in her hand for about one minute then gave it back to him,” Selwyn told the site.
“She was literally only a few feet from me ... and she was the only person who had any form of pipe or cigarette that I could see.”
“All during this time, the Secret Service was in the background, I’m not sure whether or not they saw her take a hit on a joint,”
Selwyn further blew up Malia's spot (You're totally gonna be the RA's bestie in college, Jerrdin.) by revealing that her toke buddy might have been a dude she's dating on the sly.
“I saw the same guy sitting in a chair with Malia crouched down in front of him near the fencing area,” she revealed.
“I walked past them on my way out and I heard Malia ask him, “Do you want to go smoke?'
“I didn’t hear his response but he got up after a few seconds and they walked off together."
Well, well, well. Someone get Trey Gowdy and Ken Starr on the phone, because we've got a scandal on our hands that could make Watergate look like Teapot Dome.
(Did we successfully convince you that we paid attention in history class? We didn't think so.)
This whole molehill situation took an interesting twist today when folks who spent way too much time examining the footage claimed that it appeared that Malia is actually smoking plain, store-bought tobacco.
If it was a regular old Marlboro ("Harmless tobacco," in the words of Mr. Burns), then Malia isn't the first Obama to develop a taste for the cancer sticks.
Her father smoked for several years and countless photos of the Prez enjoying a cig (many of them photoshopped) surfaced during his early years in the White House.
They were often found on conservative websites that sought to tarnish Obama's image, but somehow, they only made the coolest commander-in-chief since Franklin Pierce (Trust us, that was a down-ass dude.) look even cooler.
To clarify: smoking isn't cool; Obama just looked cool while doing it.
So stick to weed, Malia!
It's cool that you're taking a gap year, but fill it with THC, not tumors!
President Barack Obama once again brought the (White) house down at the 2016 White House Correspondent's Dinner on Saturday night.
The leader of the free world made cracked about the "end of the republic," as a result of this crazy Presidential election, while also joking about Prince George and, of course, Donald Trump.
But the celebrity gossip world is abuzz today over a meeting that took place prior to this annual comedic event.
Because Kendall Jenner actually met Obama on the red carpet on her way inside.
"I just met Obama and this is how I feel," Kendall shared on Snapchat while trying to keep her cool yesterday.
But wait! There's even more!
"He was like, 'Say hi to Kim and Kanye,'" Kendall told People Magazine. "I was like 'Okay.'"
As previously reported, the President has spent a decent amount of time with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.
Obama then turned around and referenced Kendall in his speech to reporters and celebrities at the actual dinner.
"Kendall Jenner is also here. And we had a chance to meet backstage," he said.
"She seems like a very nice young woman. I'm not exactly sure what she does. But I am told that my Twitter mentions are about to go through the roof."
The cameras caught Kendall, and many others, laughing uproariously at Obama's quip.
Jenner was invited to the event by USA Today and has long been a supporter of the Rock the Vote movement.
On National Voters' Registration Day, she urged her 55 million followers to get involved with the 2016 Presidential election.
On Saturday evening, the Keeping Up with the Kardashians actress sat at the same table as fellow guests such as Gabrielle Union, Miles Teller and Alan Cumming.
"This is so crazy," she wrote on social media. "Honored to be here #WHCD #RockTheVote."
#NerdProm was a hit!
Larry Wilmore totally delivered with some HIGHlarious jokes, but the Pres held his own as usual.
And let's not forget the glam red carpet! The fashionable stars of Hollywood absolutely slayed it!
If you missed any of the big moments from the WHCD, ch-ch-check them out (below)!Damn, Kendall Jenner! Truly Dazzled By Her White House Correspondents' Dinner '90s Supermodel Look!
Emma Watson Just Can't Quit Wearing Pants With Dresses! This Time, On The WHCD Red Carpet!
DJ Khaled Shocks As He Walks The White House Correspondents' Dinner Red Carpet With… Arianna Huffington?
Dame Helen Mirren Honors Prince By Rocking Purple AND A Tattoo At The White House Correspondents' Dinner!
Rachel McAdams, Nina Dobrev, Priyanka Chopra, & Rosario Dawson Clearly All Got The Memo About Wearing Black To The WHCD Red Carpet!
The White House Correspondents' Dinner Is A Black-And-White Love Affair For John Cena & Nikki Bella!
Megyn Kelly & Donald Trump Jr. Have Clashing Opinions But Similar Styles At The White House Correspondents' Dinner!
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CNN's Don Lemon CANNOT Take A Joke & Gives Larry Wilmore The Middle Finger During His WHCD Speech! Check Out The GIF!
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[Image via AP Images.]
President Obama has sort of thrown his support behind Kanye West.
With the rapper seemingly serious about a Presidential run in 2020, the current Commander-in-Chief gave a speech at a fundraiser in San Francisco during which Kanye was set to perform.
“A little bit later you’re going to hear from a guy who I hear has been talking about launching a potential political career,” said Obama, joking:
“You may have heard about this. Kanye is thinking about running for Speaker of the House.”
Obama went on to refer to President West as “Peezy” and then offered the following advice:
First: "You gotta spend a lot of time dealing with strange characters who behave as if they are on a reality TV show."
And second: "Saying that you have a beautiful, dark, twisted, fantasy, that’s what’s known as off-message in politics."
HA! We love it.
Kim Kardashian posted part of this speech on her Instagram page and now we're left to wonder: Will Obama really stump for Kanye in four years?
In 2009, a newly-elected President Obama was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”
According to NobelPrize.org, the award was meant to encourage Mr. Obama’s “vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons,” surely a worthy cause. However, former director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute is now second-guessing that decision, which came as such as shock in 2009, both to the president himself, and to his supporters and critics.
Geir Lundestad, the former Director of the Nobel Institute, recently released a memoir entitled Secretary of Peace: 25 years with the Nobel Prize. Within that book lies Lundestad’s opinion that the decision to award the new president the Nobel Peace Prize was perhaps misguided; at best, it didn’t have the “desired effect.”
“In retrospect, we could say that the argument of giving Obama a helping hand was only partially correct. Many of Obama’s supporters believed it was a mistake. As such, it did not achieve what the committee had hoped for.”
The prize was meant to encourage the president’s vision, but the former director also states that his growing doubts were founded on the fact that the expectations attached to the award were too high for the president to possibly measure up. After all, why receive an award preemptively? Was Barack Obama’s vision enough to warrant the award, without having taken any action to back up his words?
Back in 2009, even Obama himself didn’t think he was fit to receive the award, and the White House tried to avoid him attending the ceremony, which was ultimately unsuccessful. Barack Obama said:
“To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who’ve been honored by this prize.”
Our president was a little shell-shocked, to say the least. Lundestad’s opinion sheds some light on what was a controversial decision, and one that didn’t work out quite the way the Institute had hoped.
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Barack Obama stands with Ahmed Mohamed.
As detailed in the following video, this 14-year old Muslim from Texas was actually detained by the police after he brought a homemade clock into school.
The teacher believed it to be a bomb and called the authorities.
No charges were filed, but the story spurred talk of Islamophobia online, with the hashtag #IStandWithAhmed quickly trending on Twitter and his sisters setting up an account for their sibling at @istandwithahme.
It has amassed over 26,000 followers in just a few hours.
Among those who have taken notice of the story? A certain Commander-in-Chief.
"Cool clock, Ahmed," Barack Obama wrote on Twitter this afternoon. "Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It's what makes America great."
(But isn't America not great? Don't we have to make it great again, as Donald Trump says on his hat?)
According to The Dallas Morning News, Ahmed made the clock in question out of a circuit board, which was covered by a pencil case that resembled a metal briefcase.
When the item started beeping inside his bag at MacArthur High School, administrators called the police and Ahmed was suspended for three days.
Ahmed told the newspaper he was “interrogated” by multiple police officers, who took mug shots of him and who even placed him in handcuffs (for “safety” reasons, Irving Police Chief Larry Boyd said in a press conference).
"It made me feel like I wasn't human," Ahmed told the newspaper. "It made me feel like a criminal."
Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg have expressed support for Mohamed via Twitter, prompting the 14-year old to write in response:
"Thank you for your support! I really didn't think people would care about a Muslim boy. #Thankyouforstandingwithme #IStandWithAhmed.
"We can ban together to stop this racial inequality and prevent this from happening again."
President Obama Thinks Political Correctness Has Made College Campuses Too ‘Coddled’ — Do You Agree??
This is a little unexpected!
President Barack Obama was speaking at a town hall even in Iowa on Monday when he was asked about politics on college campuses.
The President got surprisingly candid on the topic of political correctness at colleges!
He acknowledged that even though many liberal college environments tended to agree with him on many issues, there is a problem of mental stagnation when students "aren't listening to the other side."
"I've heard some college campuses where they don't want to have a guest speaker who is too conservative or they don't want to read a book if it has language that is offensive to African-Americans or somehow sends a demeaning signal towards women. I gotta tell you, I don't agree with that either.
I don't agree that you, when you become students at colleges, have to be coddled and protected from different points of view. I think you should be able to — anybody who comes to speak to you and you disagree with, you should have an argument with 'em.
But you shouldn't silence them by saying, 'You can't come because I'm too sensitive to hear what you have to say.' That's not the way we learn either."
Right about now, Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock -- two comedians who have recently come out and said they don't do shows on college campuses any more because of the overly politically correct atmosphere -- must be nodding their heads in agreement!
What about U??
[Image via JLN Photography/WENN.]